Nextbook Flexx 8 Review: What Does $100 Get You?

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 6
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 5
    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 5
    • Features
    • 5
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 5.71
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Low price
    • Good speed
    • 32 GB of internal memory
  • Cons

    • Marginal screen
    • Useless cameras

Quick Take

The Flexx 8 is cheap. It's so cheap that so long as your understand its limits and keep expectations in line, it's a decent buy.

With Windows 8, 32 GB of memory, and a street price under $100, the Nextbook Flexx 8 looks fairly appealing. Is it? We find out.

Build & Design

One of the latest in Nextbook’s endlessly growing line of budget tablets, the Flexx 8 leaves Android behind in order to deliver the full Windows experience. Other than the Windows logo though, it doesn’t look much different from any generic mid-size device, with a plain black plastic casing and the ordinary complement of connectors like microUSB, headphone, HDMI, and microSD card slot. It’s not going to win any fashion competitions, but it doesn’t look out of place, and it doesn’t feel particularly cheap or fragile in the build quality.

Nextbook Flexx 8 doesn't look much different from other budget tablets.

Nextbook Flexx 8 doesn’t look much different from other budget tablets.

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Despite its price, it doesn’t feel overly cheap or fragile.

Display

Update: 10/5/15We’ve been informed by Nextbook PR that the latest version of the Flexx 8 tablet does indeed have an upgraded, IPS LCD display, replacing the previous model reviewed here. This eliminates most of the negatives of the screen as reviewed here, and will provide improved viewing angles and color clarity. If you choose to buy a Flexx 8, make sure you avoid any stock of the older non-IPS model. New models should specify IPS on the outside of the box, or new units directly from Amazon and Walmart should be relatively safe.

Originally this section read as follows:

The Nextbook Flexx 8 has a very low-end display.

The Nextbook Flexx 8 has a very low-end display.

As with previous Nextbook models, the eight inch display is definitely one of the corners that has been cut to hit that sub-$100 price point. While it’s not unusable, and the resolution is better than Nextbook’s previous offerings at 1280 x 800, it’s also not a higher quality IPS display you’d see on a tablet even a little bit more expensive. That means that it has narrower viewing angles, and not as much fidelity reproducing images and colors. That’s fine for a basic tablet that will mostly be used for work or browsing the web, but we definitely wouldn’t recommend it for Netflix or showing off your photos, and games probably wouldn’t do great either.



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  1. Rohn59

    I picked one of these up when Walmart had them on fire sale for $49.99. For $99.99 It’s a decent buy as you say. I will say that for $49.99, what’s to complain about?